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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Elgar Enigma Variations

Closed January 12, 2019

If the Elgar work was the heart of the program, the "Nimrod" variation was, as it should be, the heart of the piece, blossoming out of a hushed pitch sustained from the previous variation, to grow into stirring, soaring music.

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A Transatlantic Program Of American & English Works

Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, special guest conductor Bramwell Tovey and leading lyric baritone Thomas Hampson for a varied transatlantic program of American songs and Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, one of the greatest of all English orchestral works. Offering a snapshot of American culture at various points throughout history, Hampson will lend his sonorous voice to selections from Copland's 'Old American Songs', William Grant Still's 'In Memoriam' and James Corigliano's 'One Sweet Morning' amongst others.

The evening ends with Elgar's masterpiece, a work that finally sealed the renown of the composer upon its debut in 1899. The dispirited composer overcame writer's block when his wife Alice pointed out a tune she liked that kept cropping up in his piano improvisations. The tune evolved to become several themes that painted musical caricatures of his friends. Lithe, athletic and confident, the multi-faceted work is sure to stir the soul throughout, from the passionate strings of Variation 1 (inspired by his wife) to the sweeping and elegant autumnal flow of the Nimrod Variation.

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Performance date: 11 January 2019

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